November 2012

Bob Gibson

November 9, 1935 – Cardinals’ Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson was born in Omaha, NE. Gibson made his MLB debut against the Dodgers at the Los Angeles Coliseum on 4/15/59, pitching two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed two runs, including a home run by third baseman Jim Baxes, in a 5-0 Dodger victory. In 1968, Gibson had a streak of 47 consecutive scoreless innings, threatening the record of 58 2/3 set a month earlier by Dodger right-hander Don Drysdale. The streak ended at Dodger Stadium on July 1 when Gibson uncorked a two-out wild pitch in the first inning, allowing Len Gabrielson to score from third base. Gibson finished the 1968 season with a 22-9 record and 1.12 ERA, the lowest in MLB history for a starting pitcher.

Strawberry Signs

November 8, 1990 – The Dodgers signed free agent Darryl Strawberry to a five-year contract. In his eight seasons with the Mets, Strawberry became the franchise leader in career home runs (252). The Crenshaw High School graduate was selected by the Mets as the first overall selection in the June 1980 First-Year Player Draft. During his three years with the Dodgers from 1991-93, Strawberry batted .243 in 214 games with 38 home runs and 136 RBI.

Iron Mike

November 7, 1974 – Right-hander Mike Marshall becomes the first reliever to win the Cy Young Award. Marshall set MLB records for most innings in relief (208.1), games (106), consecutive appearances (14) and games finished (83). Marshall went 15-12 with a 2.42 ERA and 21 saves to help the Dodgers win their first National League pennant since 1966. The Dodgers acquired Marshall from the Montreal Expos prior to the 1974 season in exchange for center fielder Willie Davis.

Top Rookies

November 6, 1996 – Outfielder Todd Hollandsworth becomes the fifth consecutive Dodger to win N.L. Rookie of the Year honors, following first baseman Eric Karros (1992), catcher Mike Piazza (1993), outfielder Raul Mondesi (1994) and pitcher Hideo Nomo (1995). The Dodgers had four consecutive Rookies of the Year between 1979 and 1982 – pitchers Steve Howe, Rick Sutcliffe, Fernando Valenzuela and second baseman Steve Sax.

Greg Maddux

November 5, 2008 – Greg Maddux extends his Major League record with his 18th Gold Glove Award. The right-handed pitcher, acquired by Los Angeles on August 19 from the Padres, has two more Gold Gloves than Brooks Robinson and Jim Kaat. Maddux won the award 18 of 19 seasons, except in 2003 with Colorado’s Mike Hampton took the prize. Maddux won 355 games during his career, including an 8-7 record in 19 games with Los Angeles in two stints during the 2006 and 2008 seasons.

Switching Seats

November 2, 2000 – Buck Martinez becomes the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays after being the team’s television color analyst. Martinez joins Houston’s Larry Dierker and Arizona’s Bob Brenly as first-time managers coming from the broadcast booth. The Dodgers didn’t have an announcer turn manager, but they remain the only team to trade a player for a broadcaster. When Brooklyn’s Red Barber missed part of the 1948 season because of health issues, team president Branch Rickey called the minor league Atlanta Crackers for permission to hire their young broadcaster, Ernie Harwell. Owner Earl Mann needed a catcher, so Rickey send catcher Cliff Dapper to the Crackers to complete the deal. Dapper and Harwell didn’t meet for over a half a century until Dapper attended a ceremony for Harwell’s statue in Detroit in 2002.

Campy, Jackie and Pee Wee

November 1 – On this date in 1951, Roy Campanella won the first of his three N.L. MVP awards. The Hall of Fame catcher batted .325 in 143 games with 33 home runs and 108 RBI. In 2005, a bronze sculpture celebrating the friendship between Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese was unveiled at Brooklyn’s KeySpan Park.